XRF Analysis

XRF Analysis

XRF Analysis allows for verification and identification of metals in a non-destructive manner. X-ray fluorescence is the type of radiation used for the analysis. Fluorescent or secondary “X-rays” are generated when the sample to be tested is irradiated with high-energy X-rays. Since each element present produces characteristic X-rays that is unique, capturing and interpretation of these emitted X-rays by the XRF spectrometer allows the determination of the material’s chemical make-up. XRF analysis is one of the most practical ways of conducting chemical analysis for many industries and various material types.

Advantages of XRF Analysis

The main advantages of utilizing XRF spectroscopy for qualitative or quantitative analysis of material composition are, that it is nondestructive, can analyze several elements simultaneously, analysis time is short, and the unit is portable. The portability of the instrumentation allows for testing to be conducted on-site if necessary. The instrumentation is operated by trained chemists with years of practical experience utilizing a wide variety of certified standards to verify critical data. ATS is accredited to perform XRF testing in accordance with ASTM E1476.

These characteristics of the XRF technique makes it desirable for recyclers in sorting their scrap metals, toy and consumer products industry for verifying that their products do not contain regulated elements, manufacturers needing to positively identify their stainless steel grades in case of a mix-up in their warehouses, companies to verify that materials used in construction conform to specifications to guarantee the quality of their products. Our experienced chemists and technicians at ATS can help you analyze or separate your materials with one of our many handheld XRF analyzers.

Common XRF Analyses Include:
  • Element Imaging
  • Transmitted X-Ray Imaging
  • Single Point and Multi-Point Analysis
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Penetration Depths

ATS’s quality assurance program meets the most stringent industry requirements, including the nuclear industry. ATS is ISO 9001 certified and our chemistry laboratory is ISO 17025 (A2LA) accredited.

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